3 Best DD-WRT Routers of 2017

DD-WRT has pretty much revolutionized routers. Initially a firmware that was released by Linksys, it is now available on numerous different routers. The firmware helps give users more control over the router which they did not have before. Controls over functionalities of the router such as range, signal strength, overclocking, and so on. You can think of the firmware as you upgrading your iPhone from iOS 9 to 10, you are given a lot more functionalities than you previously had.

The best part of DD-WRT is the fact that is an open source. This means people from all over the globe can tweak and play around with it enhancing it. They have full control over the router so they can customize it to ensure they get the optimal performance from their routers. Not only that, it also allows them to increase security to ensure all their data is safe.

If you aren’t too tech savvy than buying a router can be difficult. To help you out, we have reviewed the 3 best DD-WRT routers you can find out in the market today.

NETGEAR WNR3500L N300 Open-Source Gigabit WiFi Router (WNR3500Lv2), 128MB NAND and 128MB RAM, 480 MHz MIPS 74K Processor

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Our Rating:

Cost: $$

Pros

  • Nice, sleek design
  • USB connection allows you to connect a hard drive
  • Linux Firmware DDWRT
  • App for mobile devices to constantly monitor your router

Cons

  • Not the best router for bigger homes, would need a range booster with it.

The NETGEAR WNR3500L has all the functionalities you can ask for in a router. It provides exceptional coverage and speed for all your needs be it to stream HD videos or just browse the internet. Not only that, it has a USB slot which enables you to connect a hard drive directly to the router. Which means you can easily download content directly to the hard drive and stream it to any device that is connected to the router. This is a wonderful functionality which allows you to save space on your phone and computer while giving access to content to everyone connected.

If you have children in the house and want to limit their access to the internet world than you can with the help of Live Parental Controls. This allows you to constantly monitor the websites your children have access to. The WNR3500L comes with the Linux Firmware DDWRT which allows you to easily control almost every aspect of the router. For most home users this will not make much of a difference but for those that know how to work with the firmware, you will have a field day with it. The firmware will allow you to get the most out of your router. The router allows for 4 devices to be connected through ethernet for more security. Overall, if you want a well designed, reliable, router that gives you complete control over its functionalities and also what your children view online then the NETGEAR WNR3500L N300 Open-Source Gigabit WiFi Router is the perfect fit for you.

Linksys WRT AC1200 Dual-Band and Wi-Fi Wireless Router with Gigabit and USB 3.0 Ports and eSATA (WRT1200AC)

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Our Rating:

Cost: $$$

Pros

  • Provides wonderful coverage, 2 dual band antennas
  • USB 3.0 slot for data transfer up to 3 Gbps
  • Exceptional speed
  • App for mobile devices to constantly monitor your router

Cons

  • Open source firmware is wonderful but a little complicated to use

Not as sleek as the NETGEAR WNR3500L but the Linksys WRT AC1200 is a state of the art router. Linksys ensures that the AC1200 will give you complete control over the Wi-Fi at home from virtually anywhere at anytime. You can do that through the Linksys app which gives you access to parental controls, information about the Wi-Fi, and much more. The router comes with dual-band antennas which provide exceptional coverage throughout your home. The antennas are adjustable so you can point them into the direction where you want more focus. The 1.3 GHz dual-core ARM CPU of the router makes sure that the router can easily take more load while making sure each user gets enough data to stream videos, play games online, and so on.

When it comes to security, the AC1200 allows for WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall setup so you can get more security than you probably would need. The parental controls allow you to monitor your children activity online. The router has a USB 3.0 slot into which you can easily connect a hard drive. This will allow you to stream content with the help of the hard drive at 3 Gbps. The open source ready router allows you to customize the router to your needs, making it a wonderful choice for those that know how to tweak around and get the most out of it.

TRENDnet AC1900 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 600Mbps+5Ghz 1300Mbps, One-Touch Network connection, 1 USB 2.0 Port, 1 USB 3.0 Port, DD-WRT Compatible, IPv6, Guest Network, Parental controls, TEW-818 DRU

Best DD-WRT Routers

Our Rating:

Cost: $$$

Pros

  • Exceptional speed up to 1300 mbps on AC band and 600 mbps on N band
  • Comes with a 3.0 and 2.0 USB port

Cons

  • No app for mobile device for constant monitoring of router

The easy to use TRENDnet AC1900 is a great router for use at home. It provides the user with the security they desire while also provides exceptional speed to stream the internet. The router has a USB 3.0 port along with a 2.0 port. The 3.0 port allows for data transfer of speed up to 5 gbps. Which means that you can easily stream videos from a hard drive that is plugged to the router without any wait time. When it comes to internet, it allows for speed up to 1300 mbps in AC band and up to 600 mbps at wireless N. Which is more than enough for your typical home use.

Like NETGEAR’s WNR3500L and Linksys AC1200, you get adequate parental controls on the AC1900 that will give you complete control over what your children view online. Unlike those two, it doesn’t have an app for your mobile or tablet that allows you to constantly monitor them. Overall, the AC1900 is easy to use and provides you an open source platform that you can play around with to enhance the router. It is pretty much on par as far as performance goes with the two routers above it, just lacks an app to help you constantly monitor the router.

No matter which one of the three you router to decide to go with. They will all provide you with everything you can ask for in a router, exceptional speed and great coverage. In bigger homes, you may need to consider getting a range extender but that would probably be the case with any typical wireless router. When it comes to DD-WRT the NETGEAR and Linksys router do have a better router interface and which make them a treat to play around with. However, the TRENnet AC1900 was not too hard to get a hang of. So the only thing that separates the three are their respective designs and functionality they offer. We felt that the NETGEAR WNR3500L offered the most and had the best design out of the 3 so therefore was number one on our list.

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